Plant of the Month - July

Each month we feature a picture of a plant growing on The Commons. All plants featured have been photographed here. This month, we are featuring Meadowsweet.

Meadowsweet is a member of the rose family. It is abundant in pockets on the damper parts of the Common. It has many common names, including the charming “queen of the meadow” and “bridewort”. Its name probably originates from its use in flavouring mead. Victorian scientists discovered a substance in meadowsweet that was used to make aspirin.

There is an interesting cocktail of scents given off by the plant. The musk and honey of the flowers, contrasts with the cucumber sharpness of the leaves giving it another country name of “courtship and marriage”.

Meadowsweet was much used in herbal cures, especially heartburn and indigestion, for flavouring drinks and was strewn around the house in times past to improve the fetid air.

More pictures and information can be found on the Wildlife Trusts website.

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